you're gonna need a Pentium Dual Core E2160
and 2GB DDR2-800 memory
, and this PNY 8800GT
for it. motherboard is your choice, but assuming its around $80, this build will be just under $400
This setup is realllly low budget, and honestly not that powerful (besides the card), but it will guarantee 30+fps on ALL Last-generation games at high resolutions like 1680x1050 and 1920x1200
i'd say screw it and build a proper gaming PC (Q6600 OC'd to 3GHz, 4GB DDR2-8, 8800GT or 2), but if you're REALLY on a budget and you really just wanna play those old games, go ahead.
the NVIDIA 9-series' specs look seiorusly disappointing because they're like the exact same as the 8-series, but i wouldnt judge'em until Tomshardware acutally benchmarks them.
when i build my machine later this year, ill prob get a 9-series (9800GTX or GT)